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Subsidy: Alumni donates rice to varsity staff



Last Updated on December 20, 2023 by Fellow Press

The University of Cross River State (Unicross) Alumni Association on Tuesday in Calabar donated 50 bags of rice to workers in the institution.

The National President of the association, Dr Inyali Peter, said the donation was meant to cushion the effect of the fuel subsidy removal and the present economic situation in the country.

Inyali who made the donation on behalf of the association, also appealed to the government to increase the monthly subvention to the institution.

The national president further appealed to Cross River citizens of note to reach out to staff of the institution during the yuletide period.

Inyali who recently emerged the President of the Unicross Alumni, said the association would continue to prioritise the welfare and interest of both the students and staff of the institution.

“During our campaigns, we said that even though the association is not a union, as we will give in our all to work to give back to our alma mater.

“We will not forget our members who are genuinely in need. This, to us, is also the essence of an alumni association.

“We are aware that you are owed some salaries, not because the management is unwilling to pay but because the finances are not just there.

“The subvention from the government can no longer carry the university because the institution is growing with new programmes and the staff strength is expanding.

“Even if salaries are paid, the hard economic condition would make it difficult for you to cater to the enormity of challenges facing you with your meager salaries.

“So, we decided to reach out with this little token. We intended to reach out to everybody but we’re constrained financially.”

The association commended Gov. Bassey Otu for the rehabilitation of both the internal and external roads within the institution.

“We believe that the governor is aware of the suffering of our staff and how management is struggling to pay salaries.

“Therefore, as an association, we want to appeal to him to urgently consider the upward review of the monthly subvention to the university,” he stated.

Speaking on behalf of ex-students working in the university, Dr. Godswill John, Convener, ‘BLazers for Unicross’ commended the NEC for their magnanimity and assured that the rice will be sure fairly.

Dr Godswill John, commended the alumni for their magnanimity and assured that the rice will be shared fairly.

“This is the first time we are experiencing this. You know we are the front liners as staff of the institution. This president is just about six days in office and we are seeing action.

“This shows that more is yet to come. We thank him and his team and assure them we receive this wholeheartedly.”


Nollywood actress, Stella Ikwuegbu, dies



Last Updated on June 16, 2024 by Fellow Press

The Nigerian Movie Industry has once again been thrown into mourning following the demise of another actress, Sandra Ikwuegbu.

The Veteran Actress is said to have died today, June 16, after a battling with leg cancer,

Her colleagues in the industry have taken to social media to mourn her. Movie Producer, Stanley Ontop , wrote;

‘’Popular Nollywood actress/veteran Mrs stella ikwuegbu is dead.

The Veteran Actress left this world today after battling with Leg cancer. Rest well madam Stella.

Nollywood not again

It’s well


Another colleague of hers, Ijele Ozioma Christy Ejiofor, who paid a visit to the late actress’s home this afternoon, wrote

‘’Ukwu Gi Dia. Why? You scaled through several, accident s and all. Eniure/Achiere came, and in less than a week, it killed you. Oh my… I feel bad.

Stella Ikwuegbu, nenu Jennifer, you didn’t enjoy a thing. Why? Just why?

Adieu Great Actress Extraordinary…”

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Food shortage in Southwest will be calamitous– Yoruba Group



Last Updated on June 16, 2024 by Fellow Press

A Yoruba socio-political group, Yoruba Commitment Forum (YCF) has raised an alarm about the looming food shortage in the South West region of the country.

The group said, though, the impending food insecurity is a national crisis, stressing that its impact on Yorubaland is going to be calamitous.

This was contained in a statement jointly signed by Otunba Hon Tayo Onayemi, Barr. Akeem Aponmade, Barr. Femi Mokikan, Otunba Niyi Sodiya, Mrs. Buky Tunde Oshunrinde and Mrs. Sola Maja, and made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.

The YCF attributed the looming food shortage to the invasion and destruction of farmlands by rampaging Fulani herders.

The group, while calling for adequate security of farmers and their farmlands, equally appealed to the federal government to adequately compensate whose farmlands were destroyed and as well give them financial incentives, to encourage them to go back to farm.

The statement titled, “Nigeria’s headaches, food insecurity in Yorubaland”, read, “we have observed that for about seven years now, Fulani herdsmen have been engaging in a relentless destruction of farmlands and settlements in Yorubaland. These criminal Fulani elements resorted to kidnapping, raping, maiming and killing of farmers and Yoruba sons and daughters.

“Neither the governments at any level, nor Fulani herdsmen’s apologists would claim ignorance of the atrocious activities of these ruthless people. Video recordings of their wicked actions suffuse the internet. The end result is that farmers began to be scared off their farms gradually until now when farms have been completely abandoned.

“When this started years ago, foresighted individuals raised concerns; they warned about the potential danger of food insecurity beginning with rising food prices and the need to ensure a stable food supply. It appears that Southwest was deliberately targeted and the invasion of our farmlands was the execution of a conscious plan to starve our people to death.

“We, the Yoruba Nation agitators, cried out for help against the brazen onslaught, but none came from the federal government led by a Fulani man.

“Unfortunately, the hens have now come home to roost as the consequences of our action, and inaction, are now here for real with food shortages and very high prices making it increasingly difficult for our people to access the basic necessity of food.

“Before the current situation spirals out of control, we hasten to inform the government that there is no alternative to large scale farming which Fulani herdsmen have destroyed by waging a war against farmers. Subsistence farming through the backyards, as good as it is, cannot serve the purpose of assuring any people of food security. Farmlands in the South West must be made very safe.

“We state emphatically that the situation whereby a basket of tomatoes is sold for #4000 in the North while the same is sold in Yorubaland for #150,000 is callous, ruthless and unacceptable to us.

We also call for assistance to use cheaper rail transport among others to assist our market men and women. Other regions do this, why not here in Yorubaland?

“Secondly, governments must incentivise farmers whose investments have been destroyed during the war of attrition waged against them by Fulani terrorists. Without government’s financial assistance, there is no way most farmers will be able to go back to farming, even if security of their lives and new investments are assured”, the statement concluded.

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